Your recent post, ‘Sorry, but you shouldn’t be drinking almond milk’ needs addressing as it is very misleading. I didn’t really want to link back to Sarah’s site but in fairness of responding here is the original article:
So Sarah, please find my response to your article. I understand that you are sponsored by the meat and dairy industry but I do hope people are able to see through this.
1. The water
According to Sarah it takes 5 litres of water to grow one almond. However, did you realise Sarah that it takes approximately 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of cow’s milk? And you are a big supporter of dairy in your diet I understand.
2. The waste
Sarah talks about the almond meal that is thrown out when buying commercial almond milk. I have not had the opportunity to speak to companies regarding this however if this is a concern then you can make your own almond milk and re-use the pulp. Here are some examples of what to do with it:
When I make my own almond milk, it is mainly for cereal and I keep the pulp in it! No wastage in this house.
3. The carbon footprint
Sarah refers to the fact that most almonds are grown in the USA and that the air-miles plus packaging is an environmental disaster.
I think you will find Sarah that promoting meat eating on your website is much more of an environmental disaster and has a much bigger carbon footprint. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. Not only this but animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually. Much more than growing almonds I would say.
4. The dose of additives
Sarah states that most brands of almond milk are ‘packed with thickeners, emulsifiers, sugars, and other crap stuff’. I actually agree with this point and I am very particular what products I buy (see my recent post here on carageenan)
If you are going to buy Almond Milk I recommend this company as their products contain no nasties. There are only four ingredients:
5. The nutritional value
Sarah claims most brands only contain 2% almonds. I therefore suggest that you either make your own or purchase Pure Harvest (as above) which contains 10% activated almonds. Their product is also vegan, gluten free, organic, GMO free and contains no artificial colours or flavours or cane sugar. If you make your own you also know exactly what you are getting.
6. The price
Sarah mentions that almond milk is very expensive ranging from $2.99-$7.99. Pure Harvest, one of the best brands in the marketplace retails in the supermarket at $3.39/litre. I would suggest that is a very competitive price but if you don’t want to pay this, make your own. At $27/kg for conventional almonds and approximately $35/kg for organic almonds, when you use 1 cup almonds to make 1 litre almond milk this is still very good value.
In conclusion, Sarah has entitled her article with a very misleading headline, probably to gain the attention and coverage that it did. Sarah does raise some interesting points but these can be resolved by choosing your brand carefully or making your own almond milk. I think Sarah also forgot to add the health impact of dairy which is now proven in many studies. A 2014 study published in the British Journal of Medicine showed that women who consumed a diet with a high intake of cow’s milk, had an increased risk of bone fractures and death from heart disease and cancer. I know what I’d rather be drinking.
If you want to make your own almond milk, here is the recipe. Enjoy whilst being guilt free!
N.B-Environmental resources: http://www.cowspiracy.com/